October 04, 2006
When "outing" isn't enough
it is hard to deny the sweet, sweet justice of Republicans being politically damaged by a lurid sex scandal in Washington.Yeah, and it's also hard to deny the irresistible nature of the Foley "pedophile sex scandal." Were I working for Bob Casey, I'd advise him to scour the record for every photograph taken of Rick Santorum with Foley. Similar photos could of course supply last minute hit pieces for every Democrat running for Congress unless the Republicans treat this as the hardball operation that it is, and do the same thing. (As Glenn Reynolds says, "it's starting.")
The problem with politics is that watching these things happen is as predictable as it is frustrating (especially if you've seen it coming).
Glenn Reynolds also links Gateway Pundit's speculations about why Michael Rogers and John Aravosis -- both specialists in that noxious invasion of privacy called "outing" -- kept so quiet for so long about Congressman Foley's penchant for male teenage pages:
Radical Gay Rights Activists held on to information about Representative Foley for months and years. These "Rights Activists" knew that representative Foley had relationships with "young men less than half his age." They did their own investigation on Foley. They even flew in their sources in to be interviewed about the Representative. They shared this information with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They held on to the information for over a year. They wrote about how they would break the story at midterm elections.How true. But how loudly they complain that the nation's youth are at risk!
As Gateway Pundit says, it's not as if their agenda wasn't made clear over a year ago:
Everyone already knows Foley's a self hating closet case. When we get closer to the mid-term elections, I am sure more will surface.The "self hating closet case" stuff is critical to understanding this outing mentality. In 2004, Bill Clinton accused a gay Republican of "self-loathing" because he opposed Hillary Clinton, and as I pointed out, this was a transparent attempt to dictate gay ideological conformity:
Sullivan devotes a great deal of time disagreeing with Hillary's position.But to make this work, Republicans have to be made to appear to hate homosexuals.
Bush hates homosexuals, while Clinton loves them!
Good job well done!
All homosexuals who support Republicans are not only guilty of supporting a fake president, but by definition they're guilty of self hatred for doing so.
They're also in the closet whether they know it or not, and people who are in the closet either molest children or contribute to a loathsome climate where it will occur. "Sex with children" fits right in with the self loathing meme, which dovetails nicely into what I consider a central goal here: to reinvigorate anti-homosexual animosity within the Republican Party.
Not that it matters whether there has in fact been sex with children. Here's Reason's Kerry Howley:
...as it turns out, the Mark Foley pedophilia sex scandal lacks two things: pedophilia and sex. (Emphasis added).(HT Justin.)
But emotion stoked by demagoguery can supply pedophilia which isn't there, as well as sex which isn't there. Character assassination leveraged by identity politics is a powerful combination -- especially when antigay forces can be manipulated into working in collusion. I think Aravosis and company are, whether they admit it or not, working with the anti-gay crowd in what ought to be called "Operation Pink Triangulation."
Outing gay Republicans has historically been shown to be ineffective. But this stuff works, and they couldn't be happier. (And there's even a hidden, unstated message -- sex with teens is OK if you're a loyal Democrat. Or someone who does their bidding.)
Thus, the Foley scandal does what ordinary "outing" could not have possibly done. It emboldens those in the GOP for whom homo-loathing is a bread-and-butter issue, and if things go the way the activists want, maybe some of them will call for witch hunts. (According to the predictable meme of restoring morality or something.)
That'll teach the cowards in the closet who their friends are!
Whenever two apparent adversaries agree with each other, it worries me. Right now, I see agreement along the following lines:
RESOLVED: Gays do not belong in the Republican Party.
But there's still hope for these people who hate themselves. If they convert now, it's not too late.
Such condescension is a bit hard to take.
In my view, identity politics -- especially the "self hatred" meme in conjunction with "outing" -- makes non-conforming gay citizens afraid to voice what they think.
That's a first step towards not being allowed to think what they think.
MORE: Please bear in mind that when I refer to the bread-and-butter antigay crowd I am not talking about people who oppose same sex marriage, or even those who have political or religious disagreements with homosexuality. I'm talking about the angry Peter La Barbera types who run web sites like Americans for Truth, and people who think that Western civilization itself is threatened by things like Brokeback Mountain.
AND MORE: I should probably point out the obvious -- that I don't especially want Bill Clinton and his wife back in the White House. I realize that many Americans feel otherwise, and will work for what they believe in. But such political beliefs are not "self hatred." To say that they merely perpetuates endless cycles of what was originally called the "politics of personal destruction."
what an unidentified House GOPer called a "network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice." The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The List--drawn up by gay politicos--is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network.Is the GOP "a party that is anti-gay"?
A lot of people on both sides want it to be.
Who'd have ever expected to see gays and antigays rejoicing together?
Flirtation from a powerful adult mentor, with recommendations and network access to offer or withhold, is not in the same category as flirtation from one's prom date.Sean also criticizes some of the banter about "the closet":
Talking about what "the closet" does in the active voice--as if it were some kind of independent baleful force--can be rhetorically effective, but the flip side is that it makes closeted gays sound helpless and passive.Sean is right, but then, he's one of the wisest men in the blogosphere.
"Had Foley lived his life openly and been proud of who he is, this never would have happened."That depends on how the phrase "proud of who he is" is construed. If being attracted to teenagers is part of who he is, and he'd been open and proud of that, I think it's highly unlikely that he'd have been elected to Congress.
why have our national gay organizations (HRC, Log Cabin, NGLTF) not stepped in to stop this witchhunt which originated on the Gay Left in the first place? I think we know the answer. Tolerance and diversity of opinion is a one-way street for the Gay Liberals and their masters in the Democrat Party.
Plus Ace of Spades envisions conversion camps for non-comforming gays!
MORE: Masturgate!!!! Is that isn't the word of the day, I don't know what is. Gerard Vanderleun continues, with his thoughts on the obviously political nature of the conservatives-only outing campaign:
This may well be the reverse Monica of the new century; the first time that a remote hand-job has had a hand, so to speak, in bringing down a government.Via Glenn Reynolds, who also links Gay Patriot's post, Tom Maguire's dead-on analysis, and this post!
My deepest thanks to Glenn. I'm honored to be in such company.
Welcome all new readers.
Here's Tom Maguire:
Does anyone seriously think that the Democrats can position themselves as the party of sexual restraint? The party that will be tough on gay men, straight men, or anyone else who gives off even a whiff of impropriety?Oh the hypocrisy!
MORE: My thanks to Pajamas Media -- not only for linking this post but for putting it so well ("all the fixings of a shootout in a darkened saloon").
Be sure to check out the rest of the PJM roundup. (A word which seems to go with "saloon.")
If you're a Democrat President, lying under oath about the affair you've been having with a nineteen year old intern isn't perjury and is in fact perfectly understandable; no harm, no foul, and anyone who seems at all concerned is to be dismissed as a "prude"There's a lot more, and it's great stuff. (HT Justin.)
posted by Eric on 10.04.06 at 12:07 PM
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